CBC had a problem. It was 1952, and the network had dispatched its stars to the first nationally television Republican National Convention. But CBS wanted to showcase an impressive rookie, Walter Cronkite. A young producer named Don Hewitt, later of "60 Minutes" fame, conjured up the image of a relay race: each journalist would do a segment, then hand off to the next Cronkite would be the "anchor leg." Three weeks later Cronkite was on his way to becoming the "most trusted man in America."
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Referring to the broadcast news "anchor," Newsweek, April 21, 2008, offers a useful description of how this word acquired its usage. Here's a snip: